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Lenox: Town retains justice clerk

A justice clerk will remain on the town's payroll, at least until the end of the year. The board agreed to pay the clerk's salary, around $6,000 from June until December after the village board removed the position from its budget.

The town and village court system operates jointly. Each board employs one-and-a-half clerks for the justice department until June. After June the village will employ one and the town will employ two.

"If the village decides to give up their court system and the judges can't do without our one-and-a-half, do we want to loose somebody if we [have to] take the [entire] court system?" supervisor Rocco DiVeronica asked the board. The decision was unanimous.

In other business

After a county highway department study on the Whitelaw Road, Main Street intersection was completed, it was decided that there was not enough volume of traffic to require a four-way stop, which was requested by a resident.

Two zone change requests were submitted to the town board. A recommendation for a zone change from agricultural to RA3 was requested on property located on Canal and Roberts streets.

A request for a zone change also was made at Route 31 and 9077 Stephens Road to accommodate a marine upholstery and canvass shop. Both requests will be submitted to the county planning board.

The Carter Road water district has been formed. It met the proper criteria and is ready for an engineering study. The board will contact an engineering firm on behalf of the district.

The board approved a resolution to borrow $15,000 for the residents of Mary Lynn Drive to pay for bills incurred on the sewer lift pump station. DiVeronica said the town is hoping for additional money from National Grid to help pay off the $30,000 debt.

The board will advertise bids for construction, until May 12, on the Pine Ridge, Lewis Point roads water district number 11.

Town of Lenox residents, 65 years old or older, making $19,499 or less will receive a 25 percent reduction in their town tax. The board approved the increase, up from $14,699.

The board decided to not pursue a larger building at this time for the highway department. DiVeronica said the board will continue to place money into an account for a garage.

"We put $30,000 in last year," DiVeronica said. "It will help defray costs someday."

The board will meet again May 12 at 7 p.m.

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